No. 20
13th March 1866
Sir,
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Despatch No. 93 of the 25th November, forwarding a Letter from the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, in which their Lordships desiretoManuscript image to be furnished with some explanation as regards the apparent falling off in the Receipts under the Head of "Revenue from Collectors."
2. The "Revenue from Collectors" is derived chiefly from Road Tolls and Mining Receipts. During the winter months our communications with the Upper Country are interrupted by the amount of Snow which annually falls in the valley of the Fraser, and the severity of the winter in our Northern Mines puts a stop to allMiningManuscript image Mining operations.
3. For these reasons it is not to be expected that the receipts from this branch of the Revenue will compare favorably with the Receipts during the quarters referred to in the Treasury Letter. I enclose a Return of the Amount of Revenue received under this Head, from which it will be seen that there is an actual increase for the first quarter of 1865 over similar periods of previous years.
I have the honor to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient humble Servant
Arthur N. Birch
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Copy to T-y with reference to their 10929.
ABd 14 May
Transmit.
TFE 15 May
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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"Statement of the Amount of Revenue received under the head of Revenue from Collectors during the first quarter of each Year from 1861 to 1865 inclusive," signed by C.W. Franks, Treasurer.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to G.A. Hamilton, Treasury, 24 May 1866, forwarding copy of the despatch and enclosure with reference to their previous letter.
Birch, Arthur Nonus to Cardwell, Edward 13 March 1866, CO 60:24, no. 4653, 120. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B66020.html.

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